Assistant Quartermaster of the Seventh Georgia regiment, for invaluable services, rendered on the banks of the Rappahannock, in the capacity of volunteer Aid. I must also express my obligations to Lieutenant Tennible, Ninth Georgia regiment, who aided me, and bore himself gallantly under the murderous fire at Manassas, after Lieutenant Hardwick, Acting Assistant Adjutant-General, was wounded. I am, sir, your obedient servant,
George T. Anderson, Colonel Eleventh Georgia Volunteers, commanding Brigade.
Report of Brigadier-General Toombs.
General Lee, left Leesburg and marched toward Maryland, you notified me that I was assigned to the command of a division composed of my own brigade, General Drayton's and Colonel G. T. Anderson's brigades. When Major-General Longstreet's command arrived within four or five miles of Hagerstown, I was ordered to send forward one of my brigades to that point, take possession of Hagerstown, and to hold it until further orders. I asked permission to accompany this brigade, which was granted by Major-General Longstreet. I took with me, for the execution of this order, my own brigade, then under the command of Colonel Benning, of the Seventeenth Georgia volunteers, leaving Brigadier-General Drayton's and Colonel Anderson's brigades with the main body of the army. On Saturday night, the thirteenth September, while in command at Hagerstown, I received orders to hold my command in readiness to march at daylight next morning. I received no further orders until about ten o'clock, on Sunday night, the fourteenth September; I then received orders to march immediately to Sharpsburg, which I did, and reached there before daylight Monday morning. On that day, I received orders from you to detail two regiments from my own brigade, the only one then with me, and to order them to Williamsport, for the protection of the wagon train, which left me with but two regiments only, and one of those (the Second Georgia) was very small, having less than one hundred and twenty muskets present for duty. With these two regiments I was ordered by you to occupy the most eligible position I could find on the Antietam River, near the bridge on the road to Harper's Ferry, in order to prevent the enemy from crossing the river. From this position I was ordered to fall back when it should become necessary, by my right flank, and to hold a hill about four hundred yards below the bridge, and immediately on the river, as long as it might be practicable, and then to fall back and take position on your right in line of battle, with four other brigades of your command, about six or eight hundred yards in rear of the bridge. With these orders, I took possession of the ground indicated in your orders, on Monday, the fifteenth of September, with the Twentieth Georgia volunteers, commanded by Colonel John B. Cumming, and the Second Georgia volunteers, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Holmes, (about four hundred muskets strong,) and both under the immediate command of Colonel Henry L. Benning, commanding the brigade — at this time no notice having been given me of what disposition was intended to be made of the rest of the division, which had been assigned to me. I subsequently understood from you that Anderson's brigade had been attached to Brigadier-General Hood's command, and Brigadier-General Drayton's brigade was retained by you in your line of battle on the heights in my rear, except one regiment (the Fiftieth Georgia volunteers, Lieutenant-Colonel Kearse) hereafter referred to. The Antietam River runs comparatively straight from a point about one hundred paces above the bridge to a point about three hundred paces below the bridge, and then curves suddenly around a hill to a ford on a neighborhood road, about six hundred yards to my right and rear. The road from Sharpsburg to Harper's Ferry from the foot of the bridge over the Antietam turns suddenly down the river, and runs nearly upon its margin for about three hundred paces, then leaves the river nearly at right angles. Upon examining the position, I found a narrow wood upon the margin of the river, just above the bridge, (an important and commanding position,) occupied by a company of Texans, from Brigadier-General Hood's command. I then ordered the twentieth to take position, with its left near the foot of the bridge on the Sharpsburg side, extending down the river near its margin, and the Second Georgia, on its right, prolonging the line down to the point where the road on the other side from the mountain approached the river. This required a more open order than was desirable, on account of the smallness of the regiments, both together numbering but a little over four hundred muskets. On Tuesday, you placed under my command the Fiftieth Georgia, (Lieutenant-Colonel Kearse,) numbering, I should suppose, scarcely one hundred muskets. I ordered this regiment on the right of the Second Georgia, extending it in open order, so as to guard a blind plantation road leading to a ford between the lower ford before referred to and the right of the Second Georgia volunteers. On Tuesday evening I received notice of the withdrawal of the company belonging to Brigadier-General Hood's brigade from the position on Colonel Cummings's left, above the bridge, and was compelled to detail a company from the Twentieth to take its place. On Wednesday morning I ordered a company from General Jenkins's brigade, whom you had placed under my command, to relieve this company from the Twentieth, and occupy its position, that it might resume its position below the bridge. This order was not obeyed, and subsequently I placed the Captain and one half of this